Drug suspect shot by police; 8th officer-involved shooting in 10 days

BUFORD, GA. - A female drug suspect was shot several times by police Thursday morning while they were trying to serve her with a warrant.

According to Gwinnett police, SWAT units were serving drug-related warrants on the 2000 block of Buford Dam Road near Shadburn Ferry Road around 6 am. Police said the woman fired at least two rounds at a SWAT officer, who was not hit by the rounds but did suffer minor injuries to his arm from glass or shrapnel.

“We know that she fired at least two rounds at one of our SWAT officers, and he was able to return fire, striking her multiple times,” said Cpl. Michele Pihera. 

SWAT medics took the female outside to a waiting ambulance. She was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville with very serious injuries. 

The suspect, whose name has not been released, is in critical condition.

In 2015 the GBI investigated 59 “officer use of force” cases across the state, and 83 cases in 2016. So far this year, that number is 72, and eight of those are just within the last 10 days, a correction from earlier when officials with the GBI initially said that number was 10. 

“It speaks to the level of violence which exists in our culture,” said GBI Director Vernon Keenan. “ When the investigative process is over and the prosecutor has reviewed and made a decision, the vast majority of these cases are legally justified uses of force. Others are controversial.”

PHOTOS | Officer involved shooting in Buford, Ga

A local business owner told 11Alive's Jon Shirek that there was always a lot of traffic surrounding the house, with people driving up and then leaving shortly thereafter, at all hours of the day and night.

The business owner, who did not want to be identified in this story, praised police for their efforts in cleaning up the neighborhood.

Police said in the past 10 months, there have been a few ordinance violation calls and area checks at the home. 

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